The NFL Draft is behind us, rookie drafts are taking place, and as dynasty owners, we are looking ahead to the upcoming season. In the Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Update series, we break down all the incoming fantasy-relevant rookies, looking at their profiles and where they fit.
Name: Tyrion Davis-Price
Position: Running Back
Pro Team: San Francisco 49ers
College Team: LSU
Draft Status: Round Three, Pick 93
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PRO DAY REVIEW
- Balanced runner who does a good job of getting North-South
- Always falls forward, a trait often valued by the 49ers
- Capable receiver, decent at adjusting to poor throws
- Decent vision – does well to follow his blocks
- Strong in pass protection
- Does not possess breakaway speed
- Average at producing yards after contact
- Gears down to change direction – does not accelerate quickly
- Hesitant and indecisive at the line of scrimmage
One of the main mysteries of the fantasy off-season remains: “What will the 49ers offense look like?” I fully believe that Elijah Mitchell will be “the guy”, if healthy. Trey Lance will certainly take some rushing volume away, though I do not believe he will rush as often as many are projecting.
If the 49ers are set on reducing Deebo Samuel’s rushing volume in an attempt to keep him happy and sign an extension, then there will be rushing attempts open for grabs. Davis-Price could do well in fitting the role of being the battering ram for the 49ers in short-yardage situations or goal-line work. However, there are multiple threats to that happening.
Mitchell and Lance have been discussed. For the RB2 role, the key threats for year one will be Jeff Wilson Jr and Trey Sermon. By all accounts, the team was not pleased with Sermon’s performance, and according to Twitter, the sophomore stinks. Collectively, many have already written him off. However, Wilson Jr has consistently performed his responsibilities when called upon by the team and should be viewed as the main threat to Davis-Price for backup duties. He certainly has a skill-set that could threaten for early work as the backup, but will need to earn it in camp.
- Undisclosed Injury: 12/12/20 vs Florida, left game early and missed the season finale
- Undisclosed Injury: Spring 2021, missed portions of Spring camp
- Calf Strain: Fall Camp, missed portions of preseason but played week one
- Undisclosed Injury: 9/18/21 vs Central Michigan, left game early but played the next week
Davis-Price has a low injury risk moving forward into the NFL. He only missed two games in his college career due to injury. All injury information was collected via Dr. Ethan Turner’s 2022 Rookie Injury Guide (@ETurnerFF).
The short-term expectations should be relatively low. This all depends on what role Davis-Price obtains coming out of preseason. His place on the depth chart could vary from RB2 to RB4, but he remains a good stash in dynasty given the frequency of injuries in the 49ers’ backfield.
Davis-Price has the second best draft capital in the 49ers backfield (round three, pick 93) right behind Trey Sermon (2021 round three, pick 88), however there is a decent chance he surpasses Sermon in year one, let alone in the future. Expectations will differ depending on Elijah Mitchell’s health, but if he continues to suffer injuries then a larger workload will be available in the future for Davis-Price.
Most likely, my long-term expectation is he will not surpass being a backup running back who takes roughly 8-12 touches a game at most barring injury.
NFL PLAYER COMPARISON
PROJECTED ROOKIE DRAFT RANGE
In DLF’s May 2022 Rookie Dynasty ADP, Davis-Price comes off as RB9, and 24th overall off the board. He is coming off the board before Brian Robinson, Tyquan Thornton and Velus Jones, players who likely produce more in year one.
His range makes sense given the remaining players have uncertain futures (Hassan Haskins, Romeo Doubs, Keaontay Ingram, etc). This class is not an overall deep class, so it may be a good opportunity to sell this range of picks for a 2023 pick or an aging veteran as a ‘buy low’ instead of drafting a likely low-ceiling player.
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